Mark Steines’ life changed forever when he landed on African soil in Sierra Leone. He traveled with a group of doctors, nurses and volunteers through Lighthouse Medical Missions to photograph the needs of the people there and the hope this team provided. They saw unbelievable poverty, heartbreaking sickness, and desperation. They also, however, saw inexplicable joy and sincere gratitude. In just over a week in Sierra Leone, Mark took nearly 10,000 pictures - capturing not only the team’s journey, but the spirit of a nation. Some of the most telling images are in the pages of this book.
In 1998 the first Lighthouse team went to The Gambia, Western Africa. The needs of the people were clear immediately, but their warmth and appreciation were evident as well. This made an impact on our hearts and our relationships with the African people has kept us coming back. Since then, Lighthouse Medical Missions, working with the Door Christian Fellowship in Africa, has organized medical missions to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Gambia. We have also built churches, schools, constructed water projects and dug wells. It has been an amazing journey; people coming together from around the world to serve others in need. I have been able to witness this all first-hand and my hope is the work of Lighthouse Medical Missions will continue to grow and that we will achieve an even greater impact on a world in need.